Theories such as Joseph Campbell’s hero with a thousand faces at first glance seem interesting and useful, tying all heroes together with the common bonds of their adventures and plot points. the theory works well enough, even shows us some insights that we might have otherwise overlooked.
After some lengthy use and critical thinking, I’ve come to the conclusion that this analytic approach is TOO broad.
The steps can be applied to any character with enough information, even those who are clearly not heroes.
My question now is, if this theory is so widely applicable, what does it really tell us, if anything?